Messy Bun Hat

Messy Bun 3

The Messy Bun hat allows you to keep your "do" intact while keeping you nice and toasty. My daughter sports a messy bun almost every day, so a messy bun hat was a must for our freezing Utah winters. 


Knitting loom: KB Hat Loom, set at large gauge with 40 pegs.

Yarn: Approx 90 yds of bulky weight blend acrylic/wool yarn.  Sample was knit with Mighty Stitch Bulky in Ash

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle.

Other: Oval Cord Elastic by Dritz, about 1 yard. Used for bind off method 2. 

Gauge: 6.5 sts x 8 rows=2 inches


k=knit stitch (may use the u-stitch)

p=purl stitch





Cast on 40 sts, prepare to work in the rnd. 

Rnd 1-10: *k2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd. 

Rnd 11-14: k to end of rnd. 

Rnd 15-18: p to end of rnd.

Rnd 19-22: *k1, p1; rep from *  to end of rnd. 

Rep Rnds 15-22. 

Next 4 rnds: p to end of rnd. 

Bind off method 1: Bind off with basic bind off method (keep the bind off tight). 

Bind off method 2: Oval Cord Elastic by Dritz (about a yard). Using tapestry needle, thread the elastic through the tapestry needle. Remove all the stitches off the loom onto the elastic. Once all the stitches are on the elastic, cinch it close, leaving about a 6-inch circle of elastic, tie a knot to secure it. Cut the ends of the elastic. To secure further, use needle and thread and sew the ends of the elastic together. 

Weave ends in. Block lightly if needed. 


NOTE: If you are using a different knitting loom than what is called in the pattern, keep the following in mind:

Pattern requires a peg count that is a multiple of 4 (40, 44, 48, etc)-the ribbing on the brim requires this multiple.

The hat be at least 7-7.5 inches in length from cast on to bind off. If you need to knit more rounds, repeat rounds 15-22 to maintain the stitch pattern. 

Messy Bun 2




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12/12/16: Needle Knit Version Available. Click on this link to be taken to Ravelry to download the needle knit version.

Published by Isela Phelps

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30 thoughts on “Messy Bun Hat

  1. Kayla,
    You finish off as you regularly would with the basic bind off method. On your last peg, cut the working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail, ewrap the peg that has the last loop, lift the bottommost loop up and off the peg, pull the working yarn through the loop. Tighten it. Now, join the last stitch to the first stitch with the tail as you weave in the end of the yarn tail.


  2. My daughter has a loom but the piece she uses to pull the stitch over has broken and I dont know wheat it is called or where to buy another one. She used what looked like a small ice pick but it bent up at the end. It didnt come with the loom. It was just easier for her to use. Any help would be greatly appreciated. You can email me if you like at: Thanks


  3. I don’t see this pattern using needles instead of a loom. What size of needles would it use for this? Can you post the needle pattern again? This hat looks lovely!


  4. Hi Isla, I think you didn’t included the link with the knit version. Could you please post it again? Thanks so much.


  5. Margaret and Crhistine, the link is there. I just clicked on it and it took me to the file on Ravelry. Click on “Ravelry” and it will take you to the pattern. The pattern is PDF and it is in Ravelry.


  6. Margaret and Christine, I just realized that you guys are on the loom knit version. Go to and it will be last post on the blog. The needle knit version hat is yellow. If you are viewing the blog and the pattern is a gray hat, that is the loom version.


  7. @Debi, you can find the nifty knitter tool at any JoAnns-mopac near you. It is usually in the knitting/crochet accessories aisle. The Looms will be in the same section. It is in a very small pkg and can easily be overlooked. They tend to sell outas they typically only ship 3 at a time. Good luck! Or just check the website 🙂 under nifty knitter accs.


  8. I don’t understand is 15-22 does rep mean repeat 1522, also I’m using a round loom, instead of being straight like yours, mine is rolling up, why?


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